: Thinking requires energy, brains use up a lot of energy - even ones that are...erm...less creative, but less than active muscular work, or the combined effort to make machines from an idea into reality - but the thought is the birthplace for all those other things. So intelligence is the most efficient form of labor I know of, and the root of all production, all wealth.
Hmmm, materialist and idealist at the same time- my point was that you can never 'wear and idea out' in the same way you can a lathe. Ideas are the immenance of welath, labour makes it real.
: An artisan working by himself woul not be doing so 'for another' if that other could add nothing of value (even if that value is just contact with clients)
Not if teh other owned the lathe and machinery, etc. And plus- IT WAS JUST A SIMPLIFIED MODEL FOR BOB'S SAKE!!!!! ;)
: They are now, people dont want profits for themselves but for purpose.
Really, not so, see my point about surviving, growing,a nd attracting investment, etc. profits become an end in themselves.